I'm sure the title to my blog is not a surprise to anyone but I thought I would share an experience with you. I am leaving company names out to protect those involved.
I recently had a situation where I listed a vacant home which was occupied by a young lady that passed away. Her family which lived outside the state handled the listing.
After the listing we soon received an offer and the home went into escrow. The inspection was done by the buyer's inspection company which was a large franchise company. In the report the inspector noted there was water in the crawl area. The inspector went on to say there was water in the crawl area of some of the neighbor's homes and that a "High Water Table" existed.
We proceeded to get second and third opinions which consisted of a city building official and a private contractor. Both the city official and private contractor concurred with the private home inspector that a high water table existed.
I had a hard time believing a high water table existed since some of the homes in the area had dry crawl spaces.
I finally remembered there was a home inspector in our area that was once a foreman for a large commercial contractor that was responsible for constructing many large commercial buildings. "Joe" decided to leave the commercial construction business after years of doing it and became a full time home inspector.
I phoned Joe and asked if he would take a look at this subject home and explained the issue at hand. He said he would. As soon as Joe and I pulled up to the home he pointed to the home and said "There is your problem". I said "Huh"? Joe pointed out that the lot in front of a bay window had settled and the water from sprinkles, rain and snow was draining towards the home. He said when it reached the low point it follow a large sewer cleanout pipe down to the bottom and then entered the crawl area. Joe took me into the crawl area and showed me where the water had been entering the concrete foundation.
Amazing! We immediately called a landscaped company and had them build up the area in front of the bay window. They hauled in a lot of dirt and replaced the landscaping.
After the landscapers were done we turned on the sprinklers and let them run overtime. This took care of the problem and the crawl area became dry as a bone!
Here we had a national franchise home inspection company, city building official and building contractor tell us something that was not true!
A home inspector that learned his trade the hard way with thousands of hours of hard physical work not only saved a sale but saved the sellers thousands of dollars in expense to sell their daughters home.
Thank you Joe!
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